Vanderbilt Historian: Pres. Trump actions unusual, but not unprecedented
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- A Vanderbilt political historian says President Donald Trump’s actions aren’t as unprecedented as you might think.
Vanderbilt University professor Tom Schwartz says some of President Trump’s actions are similar to those of his Republican predecessors. He cites his nomination of conservative judges to the federal bench as one example.
Schwartz notes that even Trump’s more extreme actions have recent precident, comparing him to former president Richard Nixon.
“In his attacks on the media, his suspicion of the elites, and his attempts in some ways to evoke - as he himself did at the Republican Convention - a type of silent majority.”
Schwartz says what is unique about Trump is his willingness to attack perceived enemies directly from the Oval Office. Dr. Schwartz says most presidents outsource such attacks to political allies.